Introduction to Nepal and Wildlife Journey

9 Days: Kathmandu - Dhulikhel - Chitwan

The Trehan Journeys Difference

UWHS = UNESCO World Heritage Site
Day 1

VIP Arrival Services

Day 2
Kathmandu - Dhulikhel

Explore Bhaktapur UWHS

Scenic Himalayan Drive to Dhulikhel

View of 20+ of World’s Highest Mountains

Day 3

Exploration of Dhulikhel

Unique Mewari Architecture

Ancient Trade Route

Flower Valleys

Ancient Temples and Stupas

Day 4
Dhulikhel - Chitwan

Drive to Kathmandu Airport

Fly to Bharatpur

Drive to Chitwan National Park

Rapti River

Day 5

Private Morning & Afternoon Safaris

Endangered One-Horned Rhino

Day 6
Chitwan - Kathmandu

Journey to Kathmandu

Swayambhunath Temple (UWHS)

Day 7

Optional Everest Flight

Boudhanath Stupa UWHS

Thamel City Tour

Kathmandu Durbar Square (UWHS)

Day 8

Patan City (UWHS)

Pashupatinath Temple

Bagmati Holy River

Optional City Exploration

Day 9

VIP Departure Services

Day 1. Arrive at Kathmandu

Overnight – Dwarika's Hotel

Once upon a time, a modern jetliner landed at Nepal Airport.

This itinerary assumes an arrival in the late morning or early afternoon. Trehan Journeys will be happy to guide and/or assist you with planning your international flight logistics. Our services begin with your luxury VIP greeting as you disembark at Kathmandu airport. You are greeted after you exit from your plane and are escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. You are driven to your boutique luxury lodging in Kathmandu and assisted with your check-in.

If your arrival at your lodge is a little before 3pm, an early check-in may be possible, but is not guaranteed. If it is much before 3pm, and additional night’s stay can be added, enabling you to check in at arrival. For most of our South Asian destinations, we recommend a day at leisure upon arrival so as to both recuperate from your international flights, as well as to build a cushion for unexpected flight delays. As all Nepal bound flights originating from the United States connect somewhere and most of them arrive in Kathmandu in the morning or very early afternoon, we schedule your arrival day as your day of leisure.

You are at leisure for the rest of this day to enjoy the facilities, dining and spa at your beautiful lodge, or to enjoy walks around the surrounding area. For guests who are certain that they will want to explore on this day, your Tour Director Guide can be available to explore Kathmandu if you let us know during your tour reservation process.

Welcome to an ancient Himalayan Country that offers a fascinating culture, incredible scenery, very warm and friendly people, great trekking opportunities, and a whole lot more. With the exception of the fairly congested Kathmandu Valley, Nepal has charming and laid-back cities and towns, along with picturesque wildlife parks that are home to many endangered species.

The unfortunate picture of the effects of the 2015 earthquake as painted by the media, like much of what they do, is severely exaggerated. For example, the three ancient UNESCO World Heritage religious structures in Kathmandu survived with very little or no damage. The three Durbar Square’s (all of which are also individual UNESCO World Heritage Sites) in the queen cities of the Kathmandu Valley did suffer more damage, but most of their monuments are still standing and still provide wonderful insights into the local culture. You may want to leave part of your baggage at your lodging in Kathmandu as you will return here for your Kathmandu exploration, and the Nepal flights have weight restrictions.

Day 2. Kathmandu – Dhulikhel

Overnight – Dwarika's Resort

You are assisted with your checkout in the morning and driven to Bhaktapur, a UNESCO world Heritage Site, for a guided exploration. Bhaktapur lies on the way between Kathmandu airport and Dhulikhel and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the Kathmandu Valley’s three queen cities, and its name translates as The City of Devotees. Although this queen city suffered more damage than the two others during the earthquake, there is more than enough remaining to marvel at as you walk around the ancient square with its unique architecture and charming temples. The architecture and culture here is different from what you will experience in most of Kathmandu, as ancient Newari architecture and culture are found here in their purest form.

After this you will continue on with your hour and a quarter journey to the ancient mountain town of Dhulikhel. Arrive at your boutique luxury mountain resort and you are assisted with your check-in. Your upgraded suite has organic local charm and spectacular views from its private outdoor spaces. The top-rated Himalayan Resort offers a variety of wonderful Wellness Packages and your Trehan Journeys Concierge can provide you with information after you have reserved your tour – we recommend additional time at the resort for those guests who want more than just spa therapies and some yoga. The following activities are included as part of your suite’s benefits as per the resorts usual policies, but Trehan Journeys does not guarantee any of these activity’s will be available during your stay:

-Use of Himalayan Salt Room
-Use of Crystal House
-Use of Chakra Sound Therapy Chamber
-Use of Meditation Maze
-Use of Garden of Nine Planets
-Group Yoga Session
-Group Meditation Session
-Group Pottery Session
-Group Cine Therapy Session
-Visit to the farm
-Art and Painting Session
-Consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor

The scenic town of Dhulikhel has been an important trading post between the Kathmandu Valley and Tibet for many centuries and the views of the Tibetan and Nepalese Himalayas have to be seen to be believed. Over twenty of the tallest peaks of the Himalaya’s can be seen from different vantage points in the town, including Mt. Lhotse (8516 m – 27939 ft) and the spectacular Annapurna (8091 m – 26545 ft). Please note that the best time for good visibility of the distant Himalayas is at sunrise.

Day 3. Dhulikhel

Overnight – Dwarika's Resort

Proceed for a guided exploration of the fascinating small town of Dhulikhel. Explore the ancient Mewari houses and centuries old settlements like Shrikandapur, as well as some of the ancient temples and Buddhist Stupas. Intricate Mewari architecture is found here in one its purest forms and the culture is laid back and welcoming. Tiered valleys of flowers and cultivation dot the surrounding mountains and Dhulikhel is a golden opportunity for hiking – your guide can take you on gentle or more strenuous walks based on your preferences. One of your favorite experiences will be your visit to the part of town where pony trains from the higher peaks of Tibet arrive on a regular basis and these nomadic visitors bring their unique wares to sell and barter with the locals.

Day 4. Dhulikhel – Kathmandu Airport – Chitwan

Overnight – Taj Meghauli Serai

You are assisted with your check-out from your resort and you are driven to the Kathmandu airport and assisted with boarding your very short flight to Bharatpur, the closest town to Chitwan National Park. Arrive at Bharatpur and your Tour Director Guide will accompany you on the drive to your lodge. Please note that the last part of this drive is over a gravel/stone dirt road and it gets very bumpy. After assisting you with check-in, your Guide bids you a temporary farewell. Your luxury Jungle Lodge is the finest lodging in the Royal Chitwan National Park region. From here the lodge staff takes over – you are in great hands!

You will be staying on the banks of the scenic Rapti River, and will have spectacular river and jungle views from your charming riverside villa with its private pool. You will be cared for by the extremely efficient and charming lodge naturalists and other staff over the next 2 days. Your accommodation may not be available for check-in right upon arrival, but you can use the lodges facilities and enjoy lunch. After lunch you will experience your first safari into Chitwan National Park.

This is Nepal’s premier wildlife park and is one of the world’s two major sanctuaries (along with Kaziranga National Park in India) protecting the endangered Asian One Horned Rhino. One Horned Rhino sightings are pretty much guaranteed, and tiger sightings are not uncommon, especially on Jeep Safaris. Sightings of a diverse selection of other wildlife is a certainty. There are multiple safari options available while you are at Chitwan, including Elephant Back, Jeep, and boat rides on the Rapti River. Three safaris are included during your stay as part of your tour, one this afternoon and two on the following day. The comprehensive package we reserve here includes:

1: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner per day
2: Tea or coffee service, soft beverages
3: One Unique Dining Experience during your Villa stay
4: Two Jungle Activities per person per day from a choice of Elephant Safari, Walking Safari, Canoeing. One of these Safaris can be a Jeep Safari once during the stay with a minimum stay duration of 2 nights. Additional Jeep Safaris can be added with a surcharge
5: Park fees, Forest Guide charges and photography fees (for non-professionals)
6: Limited Daily Laundry Service

Besides the spa and other facilities, and the river facing pool, the lodge naturalists and other staff are extremely attentive and there are a variety of activities that you can indulge in during your stay.

Day 5. Chitwan

Overnight – Taj Meghauli Serai

Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into Chitwan National Park. Your Trehan Journeys Guest Relations Manager will contact you in advance to ask for your selection of how you want to schedule your safaris, as well as other preferences. In-between safari’s you will have your choice of activities, and you can obviously choose to enjoy your beautiful villa for all or part of this time.

Day 6. Chitwan – Kathmandu

Overnight – Dwarika's Hotel

Enjoy a morning safari into the park and return to your lodge to freshen up and have breakfast. You are rejoined by your Nepal Tour Director and assisted with your checkout and driven to Bharatpur Airport and assisted in boarding your flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you are driven to the Swayambhunath Temple and Pagoda, Kathmandu’s signature monument, with the expressive eyes and nose painted on all four sides of its unique crown that are visible from almost all the Kathmandu Valley. With a history that may go back as far as 2500 years, this ancient complex is obviously a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is built on a hilltop.

Devout Nepalese walk up the hill from the base (365 steps), but most of our guests prefer to drive up almost all the way up and then use the few steps on the other side of the hill. Although a couple of the smaller surrounding monuments were damaged during the 2015 earthquake, the main structure still stands, along with other smaller shrines and monasteries surrounding it.

After this you are driven to your gorgeous boutique lodge and assisted with your check-in at Kathmandu’s finest luxury lodging. This boutique lodge has wonderful facilities, a great location, and amazing service. Your upgraded suite is gorgeous, with terracotta tiled floors and organic local elements throughout.

Day 7. Kathmandu

Overnight – Dwarika's Hotel

Weather permitting, you will experience the Everest flight this morning with private assisted transfers between the lodge and the airport. If weather conditions result in the flight getting cancelled, it can be substituted for the following day.

Continue your tour of Kathmandu city with the Boudhanath Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is one of Kathmandu’s two landmarks. This is the largest stupa in Nepal and a major pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Said to have been built just after Lord Buddha’s departure from the world about two and a half millennia ago, the stupa has multiple legends associated with it in both Nepalese and Tibetan Buddhism. The influx of Tibetan Buddhists escaping China’s control over the last six decades has transformed the area around it as many of them have settled here, and have also built over 50 Gompa’s (monasteries) around the Stupa. Exploring the stupa and its colorful surrounding areas is a highlight for any visitor to Kathmandu. The spire of the stupa and a few other areas received some damage in the 2015 earthquake but this has now been repaired.

After the Stupa you will enjoy a walk in Thamel, the main bazaar area of Kathmandu. Thamel is also where a lot of the inexpensive hostels and other budget lodging options are located, and its colorful alleys are always abuzz with activity. Locals and backpackers flock to this area to shop for a vast range of products, from daily requirements to souvenirs, from clothing to footwear to toys. There are also a large number of dining and street food options for the backpackers, ranging from local Nepalese delicacies to western fare.

After breaking for lunch, you are driven to the Kathmandu Durbar Square, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few of the ancient monuments here were damaged during the earthquake, but much of it remains intact. The monuments in the Square were built between the 12th and 18th centuries, and this is where, even today, most of the state ceremonies are performed. Start with a visit to the beautiful 17th Century three-story building called Kumari Ghar, which means the abode of the Living Goddess. Guests may want to spend a couple of minutes researching this ancient tradition before their visit. If you are fortunate, you may be graced with the anointed child’s appearance in an upstairs window. You will then explore the ancient square and its many monuments, with the opportunity to pose in front of Kal Bhairav, an ancient and impressive stone relief of Lord Shiva in one of his most fearsome manifestations.

Day 8. Kathmandu

Overnight – Dwarika's Hotel

Today you will experience a tour of Patan City, one of the three queen cities of the valley. Another UNESCO world Heritage Site, although some structures here were damaged or destroyed by the 2015 earthquake, much of the amazing historic site remains, and is more than well worth a visit. Patan is the city of fine arts, and you will start with an exploration of the Durbar Square. The museum here houses a collection of ancient bronzes and religious objects. Other noteworthy monuments are the impressive carvings at the 17th century Krishna Mandir and Mahavihar, and the 12th century Temple of the Buddha.

From here you will proceed for a tour of Pashupatinath Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. Originally built around 2400 years ago, the spectacular temple was reconstructed by a Nepalese king in the 15th century after the original wooden structure was (purportedly) consumed by termites. A lesser-known fact among western visitors is that Nepal’s natives are primarily Hindus (over 80%), and Pashupatinath’s surrounding area is dotted with ancient Hindu shrines and ashrams, as well as a steady stream of pilgrims and worshippers.

Nepal’s holy river Bagmati flows through here and its banks are constant witnesses to Hindu ceremonies for the dead and the living. There is a cremation area where pyres are always present, and your Guide will ask you for a mindful approach in these areas. The main temple and most of the surrounding shrines received no damage in the 2015 earthquake.

Afternoon – You can return back to your lodge or continue exploring Kathmandu with your guide and chauffeur, who are available to you until 5 PM for further excursions – there are a lot of fascinating options which you can discuss with your guide, who will tailor your tour to fit your preferences.

Day 9. Kathmandu – International Flight

Overnight – Dwarika's Hotel

You are assisted with your check-out from your lodge by noon and driven to the airport for your international flight. Those departing later in the day, or at night, can ask us to reserve an additional day of lodging and any other services they may want. At the airport you will be introduced to your Airport VIP Services Representative who will escort you through the check-in process and then through customs and immigration, all the way until your boarding process begins.

Our services end at Kathmandu Airport.

Destinations Lodgings
Dwarika's Hotel – Heritage Executive Suite
Dwarika's Resort - Executive Suite with Terrace
Taj Meghauli Serai – Rapti Mahal Suite with Pool

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Internal Flight Costs
Coach Class - $268.00* Per Person

These are Smart Fares. Cancellation and Change Fees Apply.

Coach Class Flights Included In Internal Flight Costs:
Kathmandu – Bharatpur, Bharatpur – Kathmandu

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